REMAGEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Johannes C. Schauff, a member of a noted bike industry family in Germany, died Sept. 23 at 83. The Schauff name was perhaps best known in the U.S. during the 1970s bike boom, when the company exported thousands of its 10-speed bikes to the U.S. Johannes Schauff also was heavily involved in the growth of BMX in Europe and brought BMX brands including Kuwahara and Race Inc. to Europe.
Hans, as he liked to be called, was born in Cologne in 1933 and grew up in the bicycle business. His father, Hans, Sr.., ran a racing frame workshop, while his mother Barbara supervised the bike shop founded by her grandparents in 1907. Schauff frames were well regarded in the local scene, even used in the Berlin Olympics.
After graduating as an engineer, Hans Jr. rejoined the family business in 1959 and slowly expanded the bicycle production and its customer base. Initially exporting to neighbouring countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia, he started exporting to the U.S. in the 1960s.
Schauff bikes have been used in road, track, triathlon, BMX and mountain bike racing and hae been supplied to the German national team. Hans had a special …read more